metheglin LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, v. 2. 233; “metheglins,” THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, v. 5. 152. This beverage is generally considered to be the same as mead; but let us hear Taylor: “Metheglin and Meade, in regard of the coherence of their conditions, I may very well handle them together, without any disparagement to either; how ever there bee some proportion in their severall compositions, yet the maine Ingredient being Honey stands allowable to both. . . . Meade or Meath . . . in regard of the cheapnesse it is now growne contemptible, being altogether ecclipsed by the vertue of Metheglin.” Drinke and welcome, 1637, sig. A 3 : Metheglin was formerly made of various ingredients.
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